The Data Exchange Podcast: Ameet Talwalkar on the Determined Training Platform, Neural Architecture Search, Federated Learning and more.
In this episode of the Data Exchange I speak with Ameet Talwalkar, co-founder and Chief Scientist at Determined AI1, and an Assistant Professor in the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. A few months ago, I spoke with one of Ameet’s co-founders (Evan Sparks), around the time they announced that they were open sourcing the Determined Training Platform (DTP). Ameet and I started off by discussing the first few months of DTP as an open source project, specifically initial feedback from users, applications and use cases that they are seeing, and much more.
We then spoke at length about Ameet’s research interests and projects at CMU. This includes:
- Hyperparameter tuning and neural architecture search
- Privacy-preserving tools, including federated learning
- Ethics and fairness in machine learning
- Democratizing machine learning
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